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Introducing the gangster warlords of Latin America

In an excerpt from his new book, former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo finds his way to a Brazilian cocaine party.... Read more»

USS Tucson steams into Singapore

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine visited the Southeast Asian city-state last week during a deployment in the Pacific and Indian oceans. The 360-foot USS Tucson has a crew of 150.... Read more»

Sonora ramps up tourism initiatives, downplays Mexico travel warning

Despite a renewed U.S. State Department travel warning for Mexico, neighboring Sonora is moving forward with ambitious plans to attract U.S. visitors just in time for spring break, according to a senior Mexican tourism official.... Read more»

Activists sue Texas over law making it a felony to harbor undocumented immigrants

Taking aim at a new Texas law making it a state felony to harbor undocumented immigrants, the national civil rights group MALDEF announced Monday that it is suing the state.... Read more»

Anti-abortion activists indicted over undercover Planned Parenthood videos

A Texas grand jury on Monday indicted the videographers behind undercover recordings of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Houston and cleared the women's health provider of any wrongdoing.... Read more»

Americans are moving South, West again

Americans are heading South and West again in search of jobs and more affordable housing, as the nation’s economic health continues to improve.... Read more»

Factchecking Ted Cruz’s conservative credentials

A pro-Rand Paul super PAC cherry picks two fiscal votes to label Sen. Ted Cruz as a “phony” conservative. FactCheck takes a look at his record.... Read more»

Making the robo-call: Panel asks how ‘human’ we want robots to be

An ASU professor, a writer, a lawyer and a blogger took part in a panel Wednesday to discuss the future of robotics. ... Read more»

.50-cal rifle seized during El Chapo raid connected to Fast & Furious

A .50-caliber rifle sold by a U.S. gun dealer during the botched law enforcement operation known as "Fast and Furious" was seized in the coastal hideout of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman following a raid by Mexican marines. ... Read more»

Factchecking Ted Cruz on birthright citizenship

Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump have all wrongly attacked rival Ted Cruz for flip-flopping on birthright citizenship since his run for Senate in 2011. ... Read more»

Advocates: Feds withholding documents on deportation push

Immigrant advocates accused the federal government of withholding documents after 10 agencies released only a few papers relating to a new deportation policy known as the Priority Enforcement Program.... Read more»

'Extremely dangerous' - State Dep't issues warning on Mexico travel

The State Department has issued new warnings on travel to Mexico, including calling trips through Sonora "extremely dangerous" for U.S. citizens. Tourists should stick to main roads during daylight hours, the government said.... Read more»

Judge rejects Obama's executive privilege over 'Fast & Furious' docs

The Justice Department must release documents relating to the Operation Fast and Furious gun-smuggling investigation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The botched federal probe allowed the trafficking of hundreds of firearms into Mexico by illegal straw purchasers.... Read more»

G.I. Dough

U.S. spent $500M on Afghan mining with ‘limited progress’

The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported.... Read more»

Oscar nominee 'Cartel Land' exposes horrors of Mexico's drug war

The world has long read about shady Mexican cartels cooking up tons of crystal meth, gun-battling in broad daylight, and torturing victims. Now viewers can watch it for real from the comfort of a movie theater seat. The action follows two vigilantes — one Mexican, one American — who battle the cartels on each side of the border.... Read more»

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